Councilman Joe Krakoviak for West Orange Mayor - a New Vision for a Great Town!
West Orange is a special place, a mosaic of diversity and vibrancy. It has a great history, good schools, and access to plenty of parks and recreation -- a great place to raise a family.
Today, however, West Orange municipal government is at a crossroads. Our once vibrant downtown struggles, our finances are weakening, property taxes keep rising (pressuring residents, especially senior citizens, to sell their homes), and many decisions coming from Town Hall aren't serving the best interests of the community.
Councilman Joe Krakoviak asks: where will West Orange be in the next decade? Joe has a vision for West Orange -- a place where businesses are locating, where property taxes aren't rising every year, where doing business with the township is transparent and easy. Joe sees a town where families young and old can afford to build roots and community, and senior citizens can age in place in their homes among their friends and family.
Joe has served eight years on the West Orange Township Council, including a term as council president. Once called “taxpayer watchdog” by The Star-Ledger, he has worked to cut wasteful spending, negotiate better contracts with vendors, and promote smart economic development to bring services, jobs, and higher revenues from commercial properties. After nearly a decade of experience, Joe knows many ways that municipal government can serve residents better.
An active community leader and volunteer (click here to see Joe's accomplishments), Joe has a plan to revitalize West Orange (click here for his plan). It includes restoring fiscal responsibility, adopting smart economic development, preserving our historic sites and open space, bringing more transparency and accountability in government, and improving our library, parks, and recreation.